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3 Most Important Questions to Ask a Real Estate Attorney

You don't really need a real estate agent to buy or sell a house. They provide legitimate services, but for-sale-by-owner or through an attorney are increasingly popular options. Regardless of which way you go, an experienced real estate attorney can save you huge amounts of grief and aggravation down the road. Before choosing that attorney, ask three vital questions: 1. How Much of Your practice is Real Estate Related? Lots of lawyers have a "door law" practice — they handle whatever comes through the door. For simple cases, this isn't a problem but when challenges arise — and challenges arise frequently! — Do you want the new kids on the block or the chairman of the board? Yeah, the new kids are enthusiastic but 'old blue eyes' has been chart-topping long en
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10 Ways to Holiday-fy Your Home for the Holidays

Tis the season once again! Is your home decorated for the Holidays? If not, we’ve got some ideas to help you get started. 1. Stockings If you have children, you know having stockings on the chimney or hanging on the wall is part of the Christmas tradition. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t change it up a little this year. Whether you are single or have children, you can upgrade your stockings with new ones. Having a new stocking with your name on it can put a smile on your face this Christmas! 2. Christmas Ornaments We all love decorating the Christmas tree with beautiful ornaments. Make your own Christmas ornaments this year to add as a keepsake. We always put up those ornaments that mean something special to us, so make a Christmas ornam
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10 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Selling

You’ve made the decision to sell your Erie, PA area home and unless there’s some sort of unknown extenuating circumstances, you want to sell it as quickly and for as much money as possible. However, no matter how favorable the real estate market is or how well your neighbor did with their recent sale, getting top dollar involves careful planning and having the foresight to complete some basic “homework” steps and knowing how to make some basic repairs to your home so that potential buyers will be scrambling for their checkbooks.  

Time to Step Back

Your house in Erie, PA has been your home, perhaps for quite a few years, and letting go can be quite difficult for some. Your emotional att
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Downsizing 101: Moving Toward Minimalist Real Estate

The move to tiny house living or a minimalist-type lifestyle can be very beneficial and enjoyable, but getting there can be a bit of a challenge. Many people find that decluttering their lives, selling their home, and downsizing is easier said than done, so we wanted to provide some useful tips to help you out.   First, Take Inventory Take a spreadsheet or actual pen and paper and make four headings:
  • Must Have - important items that cannot be replaced, such as family photos, important documents, and po
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Knowing the Right Time to Sell Your House

Selecting the time to sell your home is not a task many look forward to. While most people don’t plan on living in their first home forever - or second or maybe even third - it can sometimes kind of feel like you’re breaking up with a longtime significant other and ending things can be way easier said than done. So how do you know when the time is right to move forward and sell your house? Continue reading to find out some indicators that it is indeed time and how we can help make it less stressful and a better experience overall.   You’ve Outgrown Your Home
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When Do You Really Need a Real Estate Lawyer?

With the transfer of real estate, there are definitely times when an attorney is not necessary and many transactions are completed without the assistance of a real estate lawyer. However, certain transactions are just too costly, complicated or stressful to attempt to complete it on your own. So today we bring you a few situations that should you find yourself facing, you should consult a real estate lawyer.   Is A Real Estate Attorney Required?   Unlike some states, Pennsylvania doesn’t require that you involve a lawyer in your house-selling efforts. However, there are multiple circumstances where you may want to seriously considerRead More

8 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

Selling your home anytime of the year or in any type of market is stressful even for the most relaxed amongst us. Getting the house initially ready is almost enough to make many of us opt for foregoing the move altogether and if you’re unfortunate enough for the sell to take a while, it can be even more disheartening and frustrating. However, utilizing these 8 simple and cheap tips, you can cut that wait time down and sell your home much more quickly.   Countdown to a Quicker Sell  
  1. Crank up the Curb Appeal - The exterior of your home is generally the first thing a potential buyer sees on listing sites and when viewing in person. Your prospects won’t even consi
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What a Bad Title on Your Property Means & How to Fix It

Looking to sell property in or around Erie, PA anytime soon? Think that your title is clear and it will be a piece of cake? Sometimes a property title can have breaks in the chain of property transfers or clouds on the title, such as a mortgage that shows as having not been paid, easement or encroachment claims, incorrectly prepared deeds, heirs that never released interest in inherited property, and clerical errors. Depending on the situation, the detrimental effects can be daunting and quite costly - in more ways than one. Hiring a real estate attorney is your best option. While there are several various conditions, a title with a cloud is considered to be a title with a flaw. This flaw can be something as simple a
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Five Common Mistakes FSBO’s Make When Self-Listing

Selling your home is no easy task, especially in Erie, Pennsylvania; but some people think they can lessen the burden of selling their homes by doing it themselves. Sure, it’s possible but is it worth it?   There are many pros to taking on the responsibility of a real estate agent and there are also many cons. Here are some mistakes most FSBO’s make when trying to sell their house online.
Taking Mediocre Photos of Your Home
First we need to look at the most important option available for selling your home yourself. Yes you can spend a little money using ads, putting out signs and relying on word of mouth to sell your home, or you can sell online.
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Three Common Problems Your Erie, PA Real Estate Attorney Can Solve

Real estate attorneys appear to be the least-necessary aspect of home buying and selling processes, until you hit a snag in the road, and realize just how much you actually need one. These are the most common issues homeowners and homebuyers face during the process, and how your real estate attorney Erie, PA office of James Vendetti can help.   Purchase Agreements   You’re committing to a lot of different things - it all goes down into writing on your purchase agreement. Consider this your ledger for everything that’s gone on with the home selling process, no matter which side of it you’re on. This is going to define the little details, and clarify the major points.  
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